A U.S.-based, family-run flag manufacturer that has been in operation for more than 100 years is expanding its existing operations in Williamsburg County.
Valley Forge Flag Co. will invest $2.5 million in the expansion.
"Our company is committed to manufacturing in the United States and keeping jobs in this country," said Scott Liberman, company CEO.
"The state of South Carolina and Williamsburg County have been instrumental in helping to bring those jobs to South Carolina and we are truly appreciative of the long-standing partnership we have cultivated with them," he said. "We are proud not only to say that our flags are "Made in the U.S.A," but are equally proud to say that they are "Made in South Carolina."
Based in Wyomissing, Pa., Valley Forge Flag Co. will expand its current operations into an existing 300,000-square-foot facility near Kingstree.
The company's philosophy of "proudly made in the U.S.A." means its flags are made entirely of domestic materials in U.S. facilities with U.S. labor.
"South Carolina is where companies can find success, whether in an urban environment or in one of our rural communities," Gov. Nikki Haley said. "We're proud to have Valley Forge Flag Co. call South Carolina home."
The company presently employs more than 300 people at its facilities in Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
The expansion preserves nearly 200 existing South Carolina jobs while adding 100 additional personnel at the new Kingstree facility.
"Manufacturing has long been one of South Carolina's economic mainstays," said state Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. "Whether we're making cars, planes, tires or flags, the Palmetto State is leading our neighboring states in manufacturing GDP, proving we are leading the manufacturing renaissance."
Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $10 billion in capital investment and more than 28,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector, according to state officials.
The company plans to begin hiring for the new positions in January. For job information, contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.